Brazil's Amazon rainforest witnesses a record number of fires this year. A total number of 72,843 fires detected so far by Brazil's space research center INPE. The surge marks an 83% increase on the same period in 2018. Concerns grow over the President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy. While, the Conservationists blamed the president, saying he has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land...

Smoke from the fires has caused a blackout in the city of Sao Paulo on Monday. However, Brazil's space research center said that the satellite images spotted a total of 9,507 new forest fires in the country since Thursday. Most fires were in the Amazon basin which is world's largest tropical forest and seen as vital to countering global warming